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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Best of the Year - Part 10

Tyler L. Watson is a music store employee/singer/fashion-ista/Avalon fan from Saskatoon, SK. We were part of a Keane sing along once, it was fabulous. And yes, he knows that Hopes And Fears came out in 2004. He doesn't care, he wouldn't change it. These are his picks...

1. Keane - Hopes and Fears
2. Family Force 5 - Business Up Front, Party In The Back
3. Kevin Max - The Imposter
4. Delirious? - The Mission Bell
5. Coldplay - X&Y
6. United - Look To You
7. Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better
8. Mark Joseph - Scream
9. The Bravery - The Bravery
10. Phil Joel - Deliberate People
11. Millbrook - Confessionals EP

11:54 a.m. *

Friday, December 30, 2005

Best Of The Year - Part 9

Luke "the Cuke" Johnson is a music store employee/husband/white guy from Saskatoon, SK. He is everybody's favourite guy and the creator of many hi-larious tshirts.

"Jordan, here is my Top 10 list. I hope that you agree with most of them."

10. If I Had One Chance To Tell You Something - Rebecca St. James. I know most of you laugh, but honestly give it a chance. This is what we get after almost 3 years of no music. I think she gave us her best release to date! The record does not sound like a studio project of a single artist, it has a full rock band sound. And the drummer is amazing!
9. Healthy in Paranoid Times - Our Lady Peace. I can say I've bought two of their previous albums and was impressed, but what stood out about "Healthy" is the diverse acoustic sound these guys have made. They can perform rock, but this shows an entirely different, more diverse, side to this amazingly successful Canadian band!
8. I Stand for You - Tree 63. The first all worship album by the band that "sounds most like their album" live. If all worship bands had the talent these guys have, wow worship would be totally different. Not to mention there is only three guys in the group!
7. Never Take Friendship Personal - Anberlin. I've overplayed it a little here at work, but the fact that I have overplayed it speaks for itself. This album is a huge step up from "Blueprints". Amazing change a little vocal training can make! Along withthe most catchy alt-rock style I've heard all year!
6. The Great Depression- Blindside. Must admit, I haven't listened a lot to this record, but the three times I've heard it are well worth it making my list. The most diverse, random record of the year by far! These guys continue to amaze me. Listeners will not find as many lyrically catchy songs as "Silence" but it is a musical gem!
5. The Blueprint Dives - Extol. An amazingly talented band. This is honestly metal at its near finest. These guys all have bachelorette in music and put that training towards a career in heavy-kickbutt music. And you honestly get over the European sound pretty quickly. Since I am all about the drummer, it's hard to get any better on this sweet record!
4. The Evolution of HipRockSoul- 4th Avenue Jones. Best Rap album of the year! I think this measures upto the originality of the Black-Eyed-Peas, but holds a totally different feeling then the peas. It could be the drums mixed with organs mixed with DJing mixed with R&B mixed with Hip-Hop. The album title says itall!
3. The Everglow- Mae. Studying paid off. Apparently the band researched how people interact and what they want in music before making "Everglow". This entire album is a treat to the ears (and the eyes, see the album insert). I have not stopped listening to this all year. It just makes you feel good. Making it the top soft-rock/emo album of the year!
2. O God, The Aftermath- Norma Jean. I love that I could not get into this album until the fourth listen. But now I love it. This is, musically, the most creative album I've heard in a while. The scream is very easy to get used to, to the point that it becomes unkowingly catchy. If you don't buy it for the music, buy it for the album art. Which is up for a grammy by the way! WOW!

1. Vheissu - Thrice. Bought this record on one simple recommendation from my friend Greg. I have not been dissapointed since! Lyrically amazing, and very spiritual. Teppei Teranishi (guitars) honestly makes this album very entertaining. Mix of guitar with keyboards with some weird instruments is very diverse. Bottom line, buy this CD! You can't not afford 12.99!

Honourable mentions for 2005:
Life - Andy Hunter. Best christian DJ!
Disappear Here - LA Symphony. 2nd best rap album, much needed!
When Everything Falls - Haste The Day
Unique Like Everyone Else - Deepspace 5

7:50 p.m. *

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Best Of The Year - Part 8

Brett Detar is lead singer of a band called The Juliana Theory, a band credited with releasing one of the most important albums of the 90's. He was also once in a band called Zao, a band credited with almost single-handedly putting Christian hardcore on the map. He was also the only artist to return our email.

"jordan this is very very late i know... but hopefully you can use it. thanks for asking,
high five"
- brett

Queens of the Stone Age - Lullabies to Paralyze
The Takeover UK - 57 Demos
White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
The Cardigans - Super Extra Gravity
System of a Down - Mesmerize
New Order - Waiting For the Siren's Call
Eisley - Room Noises
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
Coldplay - X&Y
Metric - Live It Out

12:02 p.m. *

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Best Of The Year - Part 7

Derek Turner is a student/writer/music critic from Saskatoon, SK and the co-creator of Bring Back Vinyl. He also found a Further Seems Forever shirt at Value Village for 99 cents once. I kid you not.

"My Top 10 takes two stages. I didn't take the time to investigate all the music I wanted to, so I have left a spot open on my Top 10 to reflect this incompleteness. There are many different albums that I need to listen to in order to complete the list, so here are the albums that I think could have made it into my Top 10, had I listened to them more intently, followed by my Top 10 for the year as they stand now." - Derek

Audioslave - Out of Exile
Copeland - In Motion
David Crowder Band - A Collision
Deepspace5 - Unique Just Like Everyone Else
Foo Fighters - In Your Honor
Mae - The Everglow
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Thrice - Vheissu

TOP 10 albums of 2005 (in alphabetical order)
As Cities Burn - Son I Loved You At Your Darkest
Blindside - The Great Depression
Coldplay - X&Y
Demon Hunter - The Triptych
Emery - The Question
Moby - Hotel
Neverending White Lights - Act I: Goodbye Friends of the Heavenly Bodies
Project 86 - ...And The Rest Will Follow
Switchfoot - Nothing Is Sound

5:24 a.m. *

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Best Of The Year - Part 6

Merry Christmas from your friends at Bring Back Vinyl!!!

Nathan Bezoplenko is a Zeller's employee/cool guy/guitarist for Buffet Of Death. He lives in Saskatoon, SK, but most likely not for long. These are the 10 best albums of the year according to him.

"Here it is, in all of its glory, I was sick all this week so I was able to tackle this very overwhelming request of the 10 best albums of the year. A very Intimidating task that asks me to reach deep inside the depths of my soul to unleash the greatest top 10 of 2005 ever. Enjoy...." - Nate

1. I'm Wide Awake it's Morning - Bright Eyes..... (It doesnt get much better than this which is why its at my #1 , It's what this guy was born to do.)
2. The Everglow - Mae.....( I dont have much to say, but at the same time I have so much, It blows me away everytime I listen to it)
3.Plans - Death Cab For Cutie....( I don't Care how popular they get or if its cool to like them, it's a great album. )
4.Broken Social Scene....(Im going to be honest I was undecided if I liked this album at the begining, My goodness did it ever grow on me, man I love Canada)
5.The Magic Numbers....(This is beautiful music, give me a little longer with this album and they will hands down climb my chart)
6.In Motion - Copeland.....(It's a very original album)
7.Silent Alarm - Bloc Party.....( This album gets me stoked and I dont even know why, seriously maybe its the accent)
8.Illinois - Sufjan Stevens.... (i'm not always in the mood for this album, but when I am, I AM)
9.Demon Days - Gorrilaz......(yup thats right I just put the Gorrilaz on my top ten of 2005, you wanna fight about it, Didnt think so, its a good album)
10.No Wow - The Kills.....( I pop this album in when I (A) a tad angry (B) Think Im in a movie (C) Wanna hear a great album)

12:22 a.m. *